Bayern Munich to rival Barcelona for Luka Jovic

Bayern Munich will rival Barcelona in the race for in-demand Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to a report in ESPN FC.

Earlier this week, El Mundo Deportivo claimed Barcelona transfer gurus Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes scouted the Serbian international in their clash with Portugal.

Last week, The Guardian reported the Catalan club are prepared to pay €50m for the Frankfurt striker while Abidal, Planes and Pep Segura also watched him for his club in the Europa League win over Inter.

Last month, Marca cited a report in Frankfurter Allgemeine that the Blaugrana and the player have ‘laid the foundations for a deal’ although stressed there was no agreement yet with the German club.

However, ESPN say that while Barca are seeking a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, Bayern have identified Jovic as being capable of replacing Robert Lewandowski in their squad.

The striker found the net during last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between Serbia and Germany, once more bringing him to wider attention.

The striker has 15 goals in 18 league starts this season, more than anyone else in the division apart from Robert Lewandowski, while he has also netted seven goals in the Europa League this campaign.

The 21-year-old joined Frankfurt from Benfica in 2017, initially on a loan deal having begun his career at Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda and is now said to be being monitored by Barca.

Frankfurt are expected to sign the striker outright from Benfica this summer before potentially selling him straight away to make a profit.

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